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Coordinated fox baiting in Northern and Yorke

News release
04 August 2017

Landholders across the Northern and Yorke region are encouraged to manage fox baiting with their neighbours and register for the coordinated baiting program this spring.

To maximise the positive agricultural and environmental outcomes of reduced fox numbers, 1080 fox bait will be supplied to landholders at a discounted rate as part of a coordinated approach across parts of the region.

Natural Resources Northern and Yorke Team Leader Kate Pearce said that coordinated baiting across neighbouring properties, rather than individually, brings the best results as foxes don’t stay inside property boundaries.

"Twice yearly baiting has been shown in studies to keep fox population densities low all year round," Ms Pearce said.

"During spring females are breeding and under the greatest food stress, while autumn is a critical time to target young foxes as they leave their dens and move through the landscape to establish new territories."

Foxes have a huge impact on Australia’s biodiversity and agricultural production through spreading diseases and weeds, and predation on native fauna such as ground nesting birds, small mammals and reptiles. Foxes also cause economic losses to poultry and livestock producers by preying on chickens and newborn lambs.

Landholders need to register and pre-order 1080 baits to participate in the program. Pre-ordered fox bait can be collected from one of 10 distribution points:

Tuesday, 29 August

Wilmington: Memorial Hall

9.30 am – 10.30 am

Riverton: Riverton Oval

10.00 am – 11.00 am

Quorn: Railway Tce, by Rural Traders

11.45 am – 12.45 am

Clare: Natural Resources Centre

2.00 pm – 3.30 pm

Hawker: Opposite Hawker CFS

2.30 pm – 3.30 pm

Wednesday, 30 August

Booleroo Centre: Front of Northern Ag

9.30 am – 10.30 am

Spalding: Institute

10.00 am – 11.00 am

Port Germein: Jetty Carpark

11.30 am – 12.30 pm

Melrose: Carpark by North Star Hotel

2.30 pm – 3.30 pm

Thursday, 31 August

Peterborough: Football Club, Main St

10.00 am – 11.00 am

Please bring your section number along to complete the paperwork when collecting the baits.

At other times of the year, 1080 fox baits can be purchased at the regular price via pre-arrangement. Please plan ahead to allow 1-2 weeks for collection.

This project is supported by Northern and Yorke NRM Board, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

To register for the program or for more information please contact Natural Resources Northern and Yorke on 8841 3444, email DEWNR.NRNY@sa.gov.au

More information

Communications Coordinator

88413444

Jessica.Henderson@sa.gov.au